9 Mile Monday + Recipe


Hey everyone!

Well I logged 9 miles of exercise today in a Trifecta of Fitness!

  • 3.5 miles walked (1.5 in the morning, 2 at lunch)
  • 1.5 miles ran
  • 4 miles biked

My lunch time walk was gorgeous with a capital G. Unbelievable weather – perfectly cool, the sun was shining – I couldn’t help but smile :) After work I hopped on my bike and headed to the grocery store to pick up some extra things I had forgotten this weekend. The store is one mile away so I biked a mile past it and turned around, made my shopping pit stop then biked home! 4 miles done and done!

After I got home, I re-heated dinner. Yes, that’s right – I made Chili last night!


I made it beforehand for a couple of reasons:

  1. Because chili is always better the second day
  2. So Monday night’s dinner would be ready for us after a long day at work!

Here’s my fool-proof recipe I use every time:

Chicken Chili

serves 6-8


1 Tablespoon olive oil

1/2 small onion, diced

Salt and pepper

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 29oz can tomato sauce

1 can black beans, drained & rinsed

1 can baked beans

2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded

Season to taste with: Chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, red pepper flakes

2-3 Tablespoons brown sugar (optional)



1. Sauté onions in a large soup pot, in olive oil and salt and pepper for 10 minutes on medium low until translucent. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for another 2 minutes.

2. Add tomato sauce, black beans, baked beans and shredded chicken to the pot and stir to combine. Add seasonings, stir to combine, turn heat up to medium and let simmer for 15 minutes.

3. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Top with shredded cheddar cheese, crackers and enjoy!


Like I said, this is my go-to chili recipe that I make it least once a week all Fall and Winter long – it is SO easy and SO delish! I LOVE adding the can of baked beans because it’s a) more beans (love beans!) and b) they add a subtle sweetness to the chili.


You can use ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken or just use more beans to make it all vegetarian! You can also add different mix-ins like corn, green chilis, or whatever additional seasonings you like.


Heart-warming, perfectly spicy and ridiculously easy!


Well, bad news at the IGE household…we have a clogged kitchen sink!! One minute I’m happily washing dishes, the next minute I’m up to my wrists in water! I’ll spare you the disgusting details – but a visit from my Dad, several plungers and gag inducing noises later…we called a plumber. I’m off to anxiously await his arrival – wish us luck!!

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  1. Jean 08.31.2009

    That is the first bowl of chili I’ve seen for months. :) Makes my heart happy as it just screams FFFAAALLL!!! It’s almost a weekly staple in our house during the cooler months as well. :)

  2. I made chili mac tonight!!! recipe soon :)

  3. Great way to start your week with 9 miles of exercise! :D Chili and crackers = heart warming food. Yum.

  4. Christine 08.31.2009

    I used to get a clogged kitchen sink quite often until I found kitchen strainers from the dollar store. They also have small ones for the bathroom tub and sink. They are great.

    Good luck!

  5. Stephanie 08.31.2009

    That chili looks delicious girl!! Mmmmm mmmmm :)

  6. Leianna 08.31.2009

    I love Fall Chili! Totally yucky with the sink, nothing a father or hubby can’t fix!
    Another quick question about an earlier post: Where did you get your Barney Butter t-shirt? I asked the company but they said you need to attend a Summit to get one? Is that right?

  7. Evan Thomas 08.31.2009

    Congrats on the 9! I love chili, especially crock pot chili which I made last Spring. So simple and flavorful, but the best part is the not cooking

  8. Jenna 08.31.2009

    I love chili! I think it tastes better the second day :)

    Nice work on logging the 9 miles, that is awesome. I read on twitter that your sink is fixed, yayyyyy! Night night!

  9. it’s so true, chili is always always better the next day!

  10. Whit 08.31.2009

    Oh your chili is so pretty!

  11. Oooh, that does not sound fun Kristin! I hope it goes well! Chili looks awesome! And is soo warm and satisfying in the fall/winter!

  12. AshleyWood 08.31.2009

    My most favorite chili companion… cornbread! Do you ever do that combo? Ugh, I’m thinking that needs to make its way into the menu this week!

  13. My IT approved my request to view your site and I couldn’t be happier!!! And to my luck some of the first pics I can see are chili. My go to recipe is crockpot chili that cooks all day and smells wonderful and then can be reheated for days to come. I eat it at least once a week in the cold months….just can’t get enough.

  14. Niki 08.31.2009

    Yum! That chili looks great and just screams fall! I will be making this VERY soon! Your recipes are the best!

    Hope your drain get unclogged soon!

  15. Sara 08.31.2009

    Oh I love chili! It’s so easy to put together, there are so many different ingredients you can put in it and it’s so yummy. The recipe looks great, can’t wait to try it.

  16. Tay 08.31.2009

    LOL our sink was clogged this weekend too!! It was awful having to wash everything in a big bucket of water, and we had to eat out almost every meal!

  17. Lainie 08.31.2009

    9 Miles?! Girl, you are a ROCK STAR! I am so impressed…everyone in blogland is logging all these miles and then there’s little old me doing a measly three…you inspire me!

  18. Alicia 11.29.2009

    How did you prepare your chicken?

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    Hey there, I was reading your article and I just wanted to thank you for putting out such excellent content. There’s so much crap on the internet these days its difficult to find anything worthwhile. I actually have cooked this recipe before, I got this book last month on recommendation from a friend http://ninjahq.com/go/cookingrecipes and it turned out very nice! I’m very eager to try your variation of it though, it looks fantastic. I think you might enjoy those recipes, they’re very good. Thanks for the article and great ideas.

  22. Kari 12.07.2010

    I made this tonight after my 4 mile run; it was incredibly satisfying! I used ground chicken that I had stored in my freezer from when it was on sale. I just LOVE your website. It’s great how much I can relate to your blogs because I enjoy working out and love eating healthy. Your recipes are amazing — I have tried quite a few of them and have been nothing but impressed! Keep up the great work, you rock!

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